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Pipiwai Trail

1,263 Reviews

Pipiwai Trail

1,263 Reviews
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Suchir G wrote a review Feb 2021
3 contributions
Amazing trail and waterfall views once you reach the top. The trail is about 2 miles one way. It has a bamboo garden and a giant waterfall at the top
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Date of experience: February 2021
Mike B wrote a review Feb 2021
Long Beach, California6 contributions3 helpful votes
This trail provides a nice challenge and really interesting waterfall views. My favorite part was the bamboo forest, where the winds creates music.
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Date of experience: February 2021
Chodo wrote a review Jan 2021
Phoenix94 contributions32 helpful votes
Popular hiking trail in the seaside portion of Haleakala NP. It was a bit crowded even during Covid times. Totally worth it. If you don't hike regularly, this one has 800 ft. elevation gain and is 4 miles round trip; and may take you some time. The trail continues to view the tallest waterfall, but honestly, it was a bit of a let down. The trail to go to the base of it has been closed. BUT that Bamboo Forest- yes! Loved the sound of the bamboo clacking together in the wind.
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Date of experience: January 2021
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Dayna wrote a review Jan 2021
165 contributions46 helpful votes
At the end of the Road to Hana awaits a 4 mile hike for you! One small loop overlooking Oheo Pools which were closed (unsure due to covid or safety/maintenance). Longer one way up (double back same path to return) for moderate intensity hike passing a fun/cool banyan tree, through a charming/enchanted bamboo forest and ending at a stunning waterfall. Trail is well kept with rock steps and board walks at some parts. Took us the anticipated 2-3 hours roundtrip. Plan for longer if a large group, kids or on busy days getting stuck behind beginner hikers. Climate is humid so you'll get quite wet, but no swimming. Parking $30/car allows admittance to both Haleakala park entrances within 3 days. So if you're coming from the summit, no need to pay and if you haven't been to the crater yet, this pass will allow you to go within the next 3 days. Signs everywhere say the park closes at 5pm and if you're not out, you'll get locked in. Ranger at the top reiterated the same verbal warning late in the afternoon to remind everyone to be aware of timing. This is not a joke and it's quite strictly enforced. Be accountable for your time, speed and experience. If you're beginner, arrive early in the morning. This experience is worth more than 5 stars, definitely nothing less especially if it's because you didn't follow the rules!
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Date of experience: January 2021
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adriennesuhm wrote a review Jan 2021
Seattle, Washington97 contributions44 helpful votes
The Pipiwai Trail is one of the most scenic spots in Maui and a great way to break up the long Road to Hana day trip. The trailhead is inside Haleakala National Park on the southeast corner of the island, where the national park meets the coastline. The hike takes around 2 hours to complete and is moderate difficulty (kids could definitely handle it). The early part of the hike brings you through thick bamboo forest, while the final section ends at a stunning, lush waterfall. A highlight of our week-long trip! We arrived from the north and initially struggled to find the trailhead (we didn't drive far enoguh), but the parking lot and station to pay for park entry are both well-marked with plenty of space for cars. If arriving from the north, you will pass a shrine to the Mother Mary with flowers and amulets; drive at least 5-10 minutes beyond this to find the trail head. Also note that there is little to no cell service along the Road to Hana and you may want to mark points of interest on Google Maps beforehand. Be aware of Covid-19 restrictions on Maui and respect that healthcare access near Hana may be limited. We packed food for the day-long drive and limited our activities to be outdoors. Also note that Haleakala has been limiting visitor hours at times to reduce the risk of Covid-19 spread.
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Date of experience: January 2021
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